Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
There are many definitions for the study of physics, but at the end of the day, it is the study of how the universe works.
To study physics, you have to break problems down into simple forms that can be easily understood or first principles. I found that breaking business problems down into their simplest form makes them easy to both communicate, develop alignment, and execute.
For this reason, my teams see me focused on two things at the start of nearly every project…what is the current result we observe and what is the new result we’d like to achieve. I find that making time to get strong clarity around those two concepts, especially for any project requiring organizational change makes it significantly easier to gain alignment and execute successfully. The definition I use for alignment, for instance, is that the necessary people for execution of a plan agree that the actions in our plan will achieve the agreed results. A simple concept on which I continually work with teams for whom I’m responsible.
This is not much different than most physics problems I had to solve for in school. Most every problem started with given some set of values you used by applying some set of principles to solve for some objective.